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New withdrawal compensations
EC announces Delegated Regulation for fruit and vegetables
The Head of Unit G-2 Wine, Spirits and Horticultural Products of the Directorate General of Agriculture of the European Commission, Joao Onofre Antas Gonçalves, announced last week in Madrid that the Delegated Regulation that includes the new withdrawal compensations wil be published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 24 May and will enter into force on 1 June; an announcement made in the framework of the day organised by MAPAMA on "The importance in Spain of the Common Organization of Agrarian Markets for the fruit and vegetable sector".
The Delegated Regulation, which will be published in the OJEU on 24 May, amends the current Regulation 543/2011, which regulates the specific regime of the fruit and vegetable sector in the Common Organization of Agricultural Markets.
At the same time, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment reported that the Royal Decrees transposing the new Delegated and Implementing Regulations into national legislation will also be published coinciding with the new Community Regulations, as well as the new environmental guidelines.
The Community Regulation, which will enter into force on 1 June, will include the following withdrawal allowances for free distribution for the products concerned (the amounts are EUR per 100 kilograms): cauliflower 21.05; tomatoes, 7.25 for the period from 1 June to 31 October and 33.96 for the period from 1 November to 31 May; apples, 24.16; grapes, 53.52; apricots, 64.18; nectarines 37.82; peaches, 37.32; pears, 33.96; aubergines, 31.2; melons, 48.1; watermelons, 9.76; oranges, 21.00; mandarins, 25.82; clementines, 32.38; satsumas, 25.56 and lemons, 29.98.
The Royal Decree that will be simultaneously published by the MAPAMA establishes the new compensations for product withdrawals of general application, including pomegranates and small citrus hybrids for the first time.
The general director of Productions and Agricultural Markets of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fernando Miranda, stressed that, with more than 13.600 million Euro a year of added value, fruit and vegetables are the most important agricultural sector. He also highlighted the role of the Common Organization of Agricultural Markets as a tool to maintain the competitiveness of the fruit and vegetable sector.
For FEPEX, the maintenance of the specific fruit and vegetable regime, including the current content of the operational programs, is a red line in the reform process of the CAP 2020, and this was made clear in the public consultation of the European Commission on the Modernization of the CAP, which concluded on 2 May. Operational programs are considered to have a very positive direct impact on the sector's economic and social sustainability, as they are directly linked to the productive activity and its added value.
Publication date: 5/8/2017
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